|Offense||2nd||113.2 (15th)||287.2 (1st)|
|Defense||29th||120.7 (24th)||253.9 (29th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||5||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||190||11/2/1985||9||Texas Tech|
|88||Bennett, Martellus||TE||6-6||275||3/10/1987||10||Texas A&M|
|38||Bolden, Brandon||RB||5-11||220||1/26/1990||6||Ole Miss|
|21||Butler, Malcolm||CB||5-11||190||3/2/1990||4||West Alabama|
|14||Cooks, Brandin||WR||5-10||189||9/25/1993||4||Oregon State|
|13||Dorsett, Phillip||WR||5-10||185||1/5/1993||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|66||Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||1||Ohio State|
|24||Gilmore, Stephon||CB||6-1||190||9/19/1990||6||South Carolina|
|93||Guy, Lawrence||DE||6-4||305||3/17/1990||7||Arizona State|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||210||10/24/1988||5||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|2||Hoyer, Brian||QB||6-2||215||10/13/1985||9||Michigan State|
|48||Langi, Harvey||LB||6-2||252||9/24/1992||R||Brigham Young|
|55||Lee, Eric||DE||6-3||260||8/6/1994||1||South Florida|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||3||Georgia Tech|
|58||McClellin, Shea||OLB||6-3||250||8/1/1989||6||Boise State|
|62||Thuney, Joe||G||6-5||305||11/18/1992||2||NC State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||243||3/26/1991||4||Brigham Young|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||315||7/21/1991||5||Texas Tech|
|43||Ebner, Nate (IR)||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||6||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian (IR)||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||9||Kent State|
|54||Hightower, Dont'a (IR)||MLB||6-3||265||3/12/1990||6||Alabama|
|41||Jones, Cyrus (IR)||CB||5-10||200||11/29/1993||2||Alabama|
|64||Kidder, Caleb (IR)||DE||6-5||269||2/4/1994||R||Montana|
|19||Mitchell, Malcolm (IR)||WR||6-1||200||7/20/1992||2||Georgia|
|95||Rivers, Derek (IR)||DE||6-5||250||5/9/1994||R||Youngstown State|
|99||Valentine, Vincent (IR)||NT||6-3||320||2/23/1994||2||Nebraska|
|Hardison, Marcus||DT||6-3||310||2/14/1992||3||Arizona State|
|Tye, Will||TE||6-2||256||11/4/1991||3||Stony Brook|
|Wiltz, Jomal||CB||5-10||180||10/23/1994||R||Iowa State|
Solder had been dealing with an undisclosed ailment for several days, but his absence from the injury report seems to confirm it's now behind him. The seven-year vet is expected to anchor the offensive line in Thursday's season opener.
Hightower underwent season-ending pectoral surgery nearly two weeks ago and now officially has been placed on injured reserve. Without both Hightower and fellow linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion), the Patriots will have to rely on their depth at the position for the remainder of the season, starting with David Harris and Marquis Flowers.
Cooks' lone reception didn't come until the Patriots' final offensive drive of the game, as he was locked down by cornerback Xavien Howard and paid close attention to in the absence of Rob Gronkowski (suspension). With just three receptions for 55 yards over the past two weeks, Cooks' recent slump couldn't come at a worse time for fantasy owners, and Sunday's matchup in Pittsburgh certainly poses a tough task as well. However, considering he still ranks in the top 10 league-wide in receiving yards (924) this season, owners should still be plenty aware of Cooks' ability to break out.
Van Noy did not participate in practice this week so the move is hardly surprising. Marquis Flowers (knee) is also listed a questionable, which could leave the Patriots shuffling pieces around in their linebacker corps.
Gostkowski -- who added two extra points in the contest -- is now averaging exactly 10 points a game over the course of 13 contests, a pace that puts him second in scoring among NFL kickers, behind only Greg Zuerlein of the Rams (148 points).
While Eric Rowe (groin) has sat out, Jones has had ample opportunities to prove his worth, one season removed from making the team as an undrafted rookie. The Auburn product has 14 solo tackles over the last two games now, and if Rowe misses another matchup against the Bills in Week 13, Jones will have another chance for a high-caliber performance.
Lewis had been given double-digit carries in seven straight games entering Monday's contest, but with the Patriots unable to establish a ground game, they turned to passing 43 times. Fortunately for Lewis, he was able to salvage some production through the air, with his output in receiving categories marking season highs. The tailback will hope this Sunday's game against the Steelers, whose defense struggled without Ryan Shazier (spine) in Week 14, will enable him to bounce back running the ball in the city he attended college.
Tye gives the Patriots some added tight end depth behind Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister. The 25-yeard-old, who caught 48 passes for 395 yards and a TD for the Giants last season, started the 2017 campaign with the Jets, but was waived earlier this month after catching three passes for 48 yards in three contests with the team.
Gronkowski will thus miss Monday's game against the Dolphins and is eligible to return to action in Week 15 against the Steelers. Dwayne Allen is set to start at tight end for the Patriots this weekend, with Jacob Hollister on hand in a reserve role.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
Reilly, who missed Sunday's win over the Bills, has passed concussion protocol testing as he took the field with no restrictions Thursday. The linebacker should now be cleared for Monday night's showdown with the Dolphins.
Ebner sustained the injury on a fake punt attempt in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. The 28-year-old has primarily served as a special teams player during his time with the Patriots.
McCourty was the only Patriots defender to play every defensive snap and also tallied five tackles (four solo). The 30-year-old is a reliable every-down safety who leads New England with 47 tackles (41 solo) this season.
Less than fourth months removed from suffering the injury, Edelman suggested that he's making good progress but still doesn't have an approximate timeline. He tore his ACL in the third week of the preseason, giving him more than a full year to recover before Week 1 of 2018. Of course, he'll turn 32 years old in May and already has an extensive history of serious injuries, though his knees hadn't really been a problem prior to this year. Edelman's team-friendly contract should ensure that the Patriots give him every shot to reclaim his status as one of Tom Brady's favorite targets.
Valentine practiced on a limited basis Thursday but sat out Wednesday and Friday's sessions, so this isn't a major surprise. Undrafted rookie Adam Butler could see an enhanced role with Valentine missing his second consecutive game to start the season.
Bolden is clearly behind Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis in the Patriots' backfield pecking order, but his special teams prowess should lead to him being on the team's active roster on most weeks.
Chung was limited in practice Thursday and Friday, but his injury doesn't appear severe enough to sideline him. Though it isn't clear if he's 100 percent, he'll be expected to start and see his typical role on the defense.
Bademosi has made his bones in the NFL as a special-teams ace, culminating in a career-high 27 tackles and one fumble recovery last season. With the move from Cleveland to Detroit, the opportunity may exist for Bademosi to play a role in a rejiggered secondary, but containment on kick and punt returns will again be on the docket.
It looks as though Harmon has fully recovered from the knee injury that been plaguing him for quite some time. Harmon projects to serve as a backup safety for New England this season after accruing 29 stops and an interception in 16 appearances in 2016.
Gilmore was a limited participant in practice this week and was listed as questionable. However, he always seemed likely to play. The Patriots' secondary may have their work cut out for them Monday with Trey Flowers (ribs) and Kyle Van Noy (calf) -- the team's two leaders in sacks -- inactive Monday.
Langi's season is officially over, but the good news is that he and his wife were able to exit the hospital earlier this week. The 25-year-old primarily served as a special teams player for the Patriots this season.
Waddle was listed as questionable after being a limited practice participant this week. The 26-year-old is likely to slot back in at right tackle for the Patriots with Marcus Cannon (ankle) still unavailable, but he could also serve as backup to Cameron Fleming.
Per Reiss, a source close to the wideout said Mitchell is "getting better, for sure," an encouraging development after a report about a month earlier suggested it was unlikely he would be under consideration for an activation from IR. Though Mitchell is improving, it's still unclear just how close he might be to resuming practicing, but the evaluation later this week should shed more light on his health. Mitchell's potential late-season return would be a boon to a Patriots receiving corps that has played without No. 2 wideout Chris Hogan (shoulder) the last two games.
With Gillislee inactive for the fifth straight game, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and James White will head the Patriots' Week 14 backfield. Future game plans may lead to Gillislee's power running skills being needed down the stretch, but he's the odd man out for now.
Slater returns after a three-week absence from the hamstring injury he sustained against the Broncos in Week 10. The 32-year-old should resume his role as a special teams ace in Monday's contest.
Wise's only practice of the week came in a limited session Friday, so there was a real question as to whether he would be available Week 14. The 23-year-old may be relied upon for a larger role Monday with defensive end and Patriots' sack leader Trey Flowers inactive with a rib injury.
Burkhead was more involved in the passing game than usual, perhaps a side effect of the big-bodied Rob Gronkowski being suspended, but his rushing output fell short following two straight 50-plus-yard outings. Nonetheless, with a three-yard run during the second quarter, Burkhead has now scored in three straight games and seven times in nine total appearances this season. Established as New England's goal-line option, a fruitful role in many seasons past, Burkhead's scoring threat gives him decent upside even if he doesn't consistently rack up yardage in New England's backfield committee.
Freeny, who previously appeared in 18 regular-season contests with the Patriots over the past two seasons before being released in September, will offer the team some experienced depth at outside linebacker, an area of need with Kyle Van Noy (calf) and Trevor Reilly (concussion) uncertain to play Sunday against the Dophins. With the Patriots needing to clear a roster spot next week once tight end Rob Gronkowski completes a one-game suspension, Freeny could be sent back to the free-agent pool in the near future.
There was some optimism that Fleming might be ready to play after returning to practice Tuesday, but instead he will not dress against the Chiefs. Regardless, the former fourth-round pick now has plenty of time to be ready for Week 2.
Branch left the game during the first half due to the issue but ultimately returned. However, he was unable to play through it and has since been ruled out by the team. The severity of the injury is not known at this time.
With the team having traded Jacoby Brissett to the Colts prior to the start of the season and Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers earlier this week, the Patriots had a pressing need for a backup quarterback heading into their Week 9 bye. Hoyer, who played for New England from 2009 to 2011, brings familiarity with the organization -- as well as NFL starting experience -- to the table, thus giving the Patriots a viable insurance option in the event of an injury to starter Tom Brady. Moreover, the duration of the 32-year-old's deal creates a scenario that could possibly lead to the franchise drafting a young quarterback this spring to develop behind Brady.
Butler played 66 of 67 possible snaps Sunday, which has been the motto all season. With a Week 14 matchup against the Dolphins, Butler has a chance for another solid matchup since Miami is ranked 10th in pass attempts this season.
Jones suffered the non-contact injury in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, and the 2016 second-round pick will have to sit out his second NFL season. He was likely going to play a role as a return man and on special teams coverage this season.
Brown was limited in practice for the second straight week, but, unlike last week, he'll give it a go this time around. It's unclear if he'll start or if he'll be limited at all in his first game back since suffering the injury in Week 7.
King was listed as questionable after being a limited practice participant all week, and will miss his second game of the season. The Patriots defense is unlikely to be affected, as the 24-year-old mostly serves as a special teams player and depth safety.
The return of Chris Hogan (shoulder) to the lineup Monday squeezed Dorsett out of the mix, confirming that he's fourth in the team's wideout pecking order behind Hogan, Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola. Dorsett is thus off the fantasy radar and it will probably stay that way unless additional injuries hit or a scenario exists late in the season where the Patriots rest key players.
Ferris was waived with a non-football injury designation after spending the majority of last season on the team's practice squad. The Patriots now have an open roster spot with training camp just around the corner.
Grissom was cut by the Patriots in the start of November and rejoins a teams still dealing with injuries on the defensive line. Trey Flowers (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills, so this could be the 25-year-old's best opportunity to make an impact defensively.
Flower was listed as questionable after being limited in practice throughout the week, but it seemed as though he was on track to play. The 25-year-old should see a heavy workload against the Dolphins on Monday with linebacker Kyle Van Noy (calf) inactive.
Guy has worked his way into a couple productive seasons the last two years with the Ravens. He posted his best campaign in 2015, recording 46 tackles (29 solo) and 4.5 sacks in that season. Entering his seventh season, the 26-year-old will likely reprise that role when the team employs its 3-4 scheme in 2017.
The second-year pro had never posted a sack before Sunday, so this performance shouldn't be counted on. Roberts played just 34 of 61 possible defensive snaps, though, which makes it tough for him to be a weekly asset.
Cannon did not practice again this week and has no available timetable for his return. Cameron Fleming should continue to fill in at right tackle for the Patriots.
This was the first full sack Harris has recorded since the 2015 season. Although he's listed as the top middle linebacker, Harris logged just 25 defensive snaps (37 percent). It was a decent showing for Harris, but until he can play a full workload, it'll be tough to become a top IDP threat.
With a game under his belt following a four-game absence, Hogan is a bounce-back candidate in Week 15's road game against the Steelers. While his output Monday was disappointing, it's clear that Hogan is slated to log plenty of playing time going forward, in the absence of any injury setbacks. The Patriots will welcome Rob Gronkowski back from a one-game suspension this week, and while he's candidate gobble up targets and red zone looks, his presence and the attention he draws from opposing defenders could help free things up for Hogan and Brandin Cooks on Sunday.
Develin played in 30 percent of New England's offensive snaps in 2016, recording three receptions for 18 yards. He's primarily a blocker and a special teams player who shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy value in 2017, though his return is a boost for the rest of the Patriots' running game.
Rivers suffered the injuries covering a kickoff in Wednesday's practice. The rookie defensive end will seek a second opinion before committing to surgery, but it looks as though his season is over.
Grigsby was a member of the Ravens' practice squad but will now head to New England as the Patriots look to bolster a beat up linebacking corps. Grigsby spent the preseason with the Rams before being cut prior to the beginning of the regular season.
Flowers was a limited participant in practice all week and was listed as questionable, but he will miss his second consecutive game. The 24-year-old leads the Patriots with six sacks on the season, and the team will have to look beyond the usual suspects for production with leading tackler Kyle Van Noy (calf) also inactive Monday.
In the process, Allen logged two catches (on five targets) for 10 yards. While the one-game absence of Rob Gronkowski (suspension) led to more playing for Allen in Week 14, the Patriots didn't run their two-tight-end package Monday, per ESPN's Mike Reiss, instead favoring three-wideout alignments in the contest. Allen will revert to a backup/complementary role this coming Sunday against the Steelers, with Gronkowski's return to action on tap.
Jelks dealt with knee injuries that kept him off the field for parts of both of his final two seasons at Vanderbilt. The offensive tackle's health issues will only further hurt his case for winning a roster spot.
Despite entering his third season in the league, Hardison is yet to see the field in a regular-season game. However, now that he's back to full strength, the former fourth-rounder could work his way into the Bengals' defensive line rotation ahead of the 2017 campaign after the release of incumbent starter Domata Peko.
White did not log a carry in the game, but he did haul in three of his four targets for 11 yards and a TD. While White topped the Patriots running backs in playing time Monday, Dion Lewis parlayed his 18 snaps into five carries for 17 yards and five catches for 50 yards, while Rex Burkhead logged five carries for eight yards and a TD and caught five passes for 45 yards on 17 snaps. With a committee approach that doesn't favor him in play, White's usage will continue to hinge on game-flow or in-contest adjustments, which makes him a fantasy dart in PPR formats down the stretch.
Brady has historically had difficulty in Miami, which proved to be the case once again Monday. Along with enduring an uncharacteristic number of three-and-outs, Brady also threw an interception on New England's opening drive of both halves. In doing so, it marked Brady's first multi-interception outing of this season. With Brandin Cooks blanketed by coverage and Rob Gronkowski suspended, Brady's 5.42 yards per attempt was also a season low, further evidencing his frustration. Although it doesn't get any easier with a trip to Pittsburgh scheduled for Week 15, Brady will hope the big stage and getting Gronkowski back in the lineup bring out the best of him.
Reedy was signed to the team's practice squad in late November and apparently impressed in his brief time in New England. The 25-year-old is unlikely to see a significant role offensively right off the bat, but will most likely see opportunities on special teams, perhaps even in the return game.
Bennett was released by the Packers in early November amid an alleged disagreement about how to deal with his shoulder injury. He seemingly wanted to have surgery, but then put it off once he was released and had the option of rejoining the Patriots. A subsequent hamstring injury will end Bennett's season after just two appearances in a New England uniform, and he'll presumably now have the surgery on his shoulder. He'll turn 31 in March and has already dropped hints that this could be his final season in the NFL. Dwayne Allen reclaims his role as the Patriots' No. 2 tight end.
Hollister hauled in his only target Sunday for 13 yards, upping his season-long total to three catches for 37 yards. He remains off the fantasy radar in his role as the Patriots' third-string tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.
Amendola led the Patriots across the board in receiving on a night when the team's passing game as a whole struggled with Brandin Cooks blanketed and Rob Gronkowski suspended. With those two nearly non-factors, Amendola was able to produce his third game of over 75 yards this season and also caught a pass of 25-plus yards for the second straight game. Although New England figures to get Cooks more involved while welcoming Gronk back this Sunday in Pittsburgh, Amendola's outing Monday gives him decent momentum in advance of that contest.
The linebacker was eligible to return from IR this week, but the setback now puts McClellin's season in jeopardy. It looks like the Patriots will remain as cautious as possible with McClellin given how long his recovery from the concussion has dragged on, so look for the team to instead use its two available slots to activate players from IR elsewhere.